NFP not in coalition with SODELPA

Opposition members of Parliament and NFP members, Professor Biman Prasad (centre) with Prem Singh (left) and Parmod Chand (right) outside of Parliament. Picture: FT FILE

THE National Federation Party (NFP) has reiterated it is not in a coalition of any form with the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) or any other political party contesting the 2018 General Election.

Party leader Professor Biman Prasad said a recent media report stating that NFP was in coalition talks with SODELPA was “blatantly misleading”.

He said in June 2016, the party’s working committee unanimously adopted a resolution that NFP would not form a coalition to fight the elections.

Prof Prasad said the working committee also resolved that those from other parties wishing to join NFP could do so provided they met all the requirements stipulated in the Electoral Act and Political Parties Act.

“Simply, this means that those who were or are members of other parties, have to resign to the Registrar of Political Parties before becoming members of NFP and then express their interest to contest the elections, and prove their suitability in accordance with the NFP constitution,” Prof Prasad said.

“The working committee also resolved to mandate the party leader to talk to leaders of all political parties, including the Prime Minister, on matters of national interest, good governance, conduct of truly credible, free and fair elections, and welfare of all our people.”

These resolutions, he said, were re-enforced at the party’s AGM in September 2016 in Ra, and again by the working committee on November 19 the same year in Suva.

Prof Prasad said he publicly announced the party’s position during a meeting in Labasa on March 29, 2017, and in April the same year he claimed he was removed as Opposition’s spokesperson for finance because he had publicly announced that NFP would not be in any coalition with SODELPA or any other party.

“We want to warn our detractors, as well as the media to please refrain from twisting our official position to suit the personal or political agenda of individuals and parties,” he said.

“Elections should be purely about a battle of ideas and that is what we are precisely doing.”

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